Ten Mile River Watershed Council's Board/Member Meeting.
14 Wilton Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02861
Keith made a motion to approve the May minutes, it was 2nd by Bob.
Cindy gave a business report. Linda made a motion to approve, it was 2nd by Alissa.
Vice President- Bob Rolke
Past President- Keith Gonsalves
Treasurer- Cindy Rose
Secretary- Alissa Cote
Joyce Chamberlain (Stewardship Coordinator)
The next meeting will be January 25, 2017 at 14 Wilton Ave, Pawtucket RI 02861.
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Cindy made a motion to approve the March minutes, it was 2nd by Linda.
Cindy gave a business report. She reported that a grant was recieved from the Narragansett Bay Commission in the amount of $400 for National Trails Day. Cindy also reported that the Council recieved nineteen new memberships. Joyce made a motion to approve, it was 2nd by Bob.
Ben reported on the following past events: April 10th Fish Count and Cleanup at Hunts Mills, April 16th Cleanup at Kim Rock, May 1st Bungay River Paddle, May 7th Cleanup and trail work at Doreen Tomlinson Park, and the May 21st City of Attleboro Cleanup. Ben reported that the Council cleaned along the Bungay River this year and not in the center of Attleboro.
Keith reported on fish counting on the lower river. He stated that fish began arriving on March 19th and that the counting continued until May 22nd.
Ben reported that the lease for the Shed at Hunts Mills had expired and suggested that the Council try to re-sign for a longer lease. The Council agreed. Ben stated that all work at the shed should resume once an agreement was reached. Alex suggested getting graffiti resistant paint. The Council agreed.
Ben reported that he met with the Attleboro Conservation Agent and members of the Attleboro Land Trust about the Bungay River Wild and Scenic Designation and that both were supportive of the idea. Ben also stated that the Council recieved press coverage about the plan in two seperate articles published by the Sun Chronicle.
Joyce reported that people have been camping on the Greenway. She suggested holding a Greenway challenge in the future sponsored by the Council. The Council agreed to discuss it in the future. Joyce suggested that more fliers should be posted on the Greenway to recruit more stewards. The Council agreed.
Ben stated that the Blackstone Heritage Corridor had contacted him about becoming a VIP organization and that he invited them to speak about it at the meeting. Since nobody came, he suggested holding off on joining until the Council could learn more about it. The Council agreed.
Ben reported that National Trails Day will be on June 4th at 9:00 AM. The Council will again be working with the East Providence Conservation Commission and the Providence County Hiking Club. Ben stated that this year, work will be conducted in the Shed area and that he will use the grant money to buy native shrubs from Little Tree Nusery in Seekonk again. The event should only take a few hours.
Keith reported that the June Paddle will be on June 12th at 10:00 AM begining from the Shed. We will paddle to Omega Pond and back. Bill suggested reaching out to friends at RICKA to borrow some boats. The Council agreed. The cost will be $5.00 for non-members. Keith suggested finishing the paddle with a small cookout at the Shed. The Council agreed.
Ben reported that the Summer Solstice Hike will be June 23rd at 7:00 PM. This year, it will be at the Seekonk side of the Turner Loop Trail due to declining attendance at Seekonk Meadows.
Keith reported that the Roger Williams Paddle will be July 9th. We will meet at Freedom Green at 9:00 AM for a car shuttle and be on the water by 10:00. Ben stated that he will reach out to First Student for use of a bus again this year. The paddle will finish with the usual talk and picnic at the Roger Williams Memorial in Providence. Keith requested a $150 budget for the event. The Council agreed. The cost will be $10.00 for non-members.
Keith suggested that the Council get a lawn mower for the Shed. Ben stated that he might be able to get one for free and will look into it.
Joe stated that he has seen more train use on the tracks by the Greenway.
Ben stated that the next meeting will be the annual meeting and that we will be electing the 2017 Board of Directors.
Bill suggested doing a few after work paddles through the summer on different parts of the River and that he will post them to the Facebook page.
Linda made a motion to adjourn at 8:07 PM, it was 2nd by Joyce.
The next meeting will be September 7, 2016 at 14 Wilton Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02861.
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March 23, 2016
Minutes of the TMRWC Board of Directors Meeting held on March 23, 2016 at 14 Wilton Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02861
Members in Attendance were: Ben Cote, Bob Rolke, Bill Luther, Alissa Cote, Keith Gonsalves, Joyce Chamberlain, Alex Kemp.
Guests in Attendance were: Andrew Silvia (City of Pawtucket), Lori Lucas (RICKA).
Ben called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM and welcomed guests in attendance.
Keith made a motion to approve the January minutes, it was 2nd by Joyce.
In Cindy’s absence, Ben gave a business report. Bob made a motion to approve, it was 2nd by Alissa.
Andrew Silvia from the City of Pawtucket gave a talk about stormwater in Slater Park, creating buffers around the Slater Park Duck Pond, and new parking areas planned for Doreen Tomlinson Field. The Council expressed concern that the parking area might impact wetlands. Ben asked that the Council be kept up to date on these projects, Andrew agreed. The Council thanked him for his time.
Ben reviewed the following past events: Salt Water Fishing Show, Land and Water Summit, and the 10 Mile Greenway Hike with the Providence County Hiking Club. Keith reported that we spent $80.00 for the Salt Water Fishing Show for a new banner and candy.
On behalf of Cindy, Ben reported that 30 membership forms were sent out, with 14 being received back. Ben handed out membership forms to any members willing to recruit. Ben passed around a copy of a sample letter to be sent out to businesses. As some changes and discussion, Ben reported that he will send it out to 20 businesses in the Watershed by the end of the week. The Council agreed.
Keith reported on the possible TMRWC Duck Race. Ideas discussed were possible first, second, and third place prizes. The Council agreed to talk more about this in the future.
Ben reported that the TMRWC are now members of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance.
Joyce reported on the Greenway Stewards. She stated that she would like to make a flyer about the stewards, the Council agreed to discuss it further. Keith stated that he will be a steward at Hunts Mills, and Ben reported that Don Doucette will be a steward at the Gamino Pond parking area. Ben suggested looking into changing the name from Greenway to River Stewards since the project is branching out. The Council agreed.
Ben reported that there will be a project happening in the Central Pond area. A group is looking for items under ground from the time of a firing range. It is possible that some trees will have to be cut to conduct the work. The Council will be notified of all work, as well as the East Providence Conservation Commission.
Ben reported that the final vernal pool survey of 2016 will be on March 26, at 8:00 AM at Kim Rock.
Keith reported that there will be a fish counting event at Hunts Mills on April 10, at 10:00. Bob suggested holding a small cleanup on the same day. The Council agreed.
Bob reported that the annual Central Pond Cleanup will be April 16, at 9:00 AM. It will be on water and on land. Lori Lucas stated that some members of her group will be attending. Joyce stated that there will be a boy scout troop attending. The Council agreed to offer some type of refreshments for volunteers, TBD by the Hospitality committee before the date.
Bill stated that the Bungay River paddle will be on May 1, at the Holden Street Boat Launch in Attleboro. This will be a TMRWC/RICKA event to help raise awareness for the Wild and Scenic Cause. Bill suggested telling Attleboro officials and the Sun Chronicle. The Council agreed.
Ben reported that the Attleboro Cleanup will be May 21. The Council agreed to take part, possibly working in the Bungay River Conservation Area. Ben stated that he will be in contact with the Conservation Agent. Bill suggested bringing up the Bungay Paddle at that meeting.
Ben reported that the Council received a $400 grant for trails day and that $50 is going to the Stewards. The Council agreed to talk more at the May Meeting.
Ben suggested changing the location of the Summer Solstice Hike to the Turner Boardwalk on the Seekonk/East Providence border since attendance is going down at Seekonk Meadows. Ben stated that the hike was very successful there for several years, but thinks it might be time for a change. The Council agreed to discuss it at the May meeting.
Bob made a motion to adjourn at 8:27 PM, it was 2nd by Keith. Ben shut off the lights and it was dark.
The next meeting will be May 25, at 6:30 PM at 14 Wilton Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02861.
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Joyce will have the letter ready for the March meeting. Cindy suggested supplying business cards to Joyce and the rest of the stewards. The Council agreed to have those printed by March.
Ernie Germani reported that the Providence County Hiking Club will be holding a 10 mile hike along the lower River to explore the possibility of a marked hiking trail from Doreen Tomlinson in Pawtucket to the Seekonk Library. The hike will begin at 8:00 AM. The Council agreed to take part in any future trail development and a few members agreed to take part in the hike.